Alicia Meyer

Alicia Meyer


>>Alicia Meyer: I think for me my path was
little bit different than some of the other folks that have come through here. I was first a minority fellow ten years ago
or so and did the full year, it was three year support at that point. And so I have been around the block a couple
of times now. And I think that the Minority Fellowship Program
is one of the very few organizations that really follows you through your career and
really make sure that you are okay as one of their fellows as you are going through
all the trials and transitions and what not through graduate school and then internship
and post doc and then onto your early career days. And I signed up to be one of the Psychology
Summer Institute people fellows to come back because I was at a point in my career where
I had some questions that I thought that they were uniquely qualified to answer about cultural
things and how as a professional I should fit into that world and how we should be doing
my research and my practice little bit differently and so I came back that way. So I think one of the biggest strength of
the MFP is how much they care and how much they really make sure that you are setup for
success in a lot of ways as you go through. I think when I first started I had no idea
what cultural psychology was or what it even meant to and pick research apart in terms
of looking at things from various ethnic minority statuses and so I got a lot of have had a
lot of growth since I have been a fellow and they have more than just looking at some data
and saying oh you are whatever category you are therefore clearly you have this trajectory
in your life. They really make you think critically about
this issues and not just going to identify somebody as some ethnic minority category
for example or a woman or whatever their grouping is. But really having focused in on peoples life
experiences around and around that status and how does the totality of the experiences
make it so that they are at whatever point they are at now in their lives and so I think
both from a research perspective as well as clinical perspective and then I primarily
do clinical work at this point versus research. It’s really help shape how I view my clients
and my clients’ experiences and not to be overly stereotypical when people walk in through
my door. So other people should get involved with the
MFP because of all of the support that they provide across a number of different levels. So research, clinical, they open a lot of
doors in terms of policy and opportunities in terms of networking. So anybody who is interested in going in a
research career would be helped by being part of the MFP because they have a lot of connections
and there are a lot of funding streams that are specific to what they are doing. So that’s great information having like board
and I think in terms of you don’t typically think of policy or forensic stuff when you
think of psychology and that’s something that they emphasize as well. So anybody who is interested in going into
sort of policy career to helps them get where they need to go.


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